This LEGO Star Trek: Deep Space Nine video is your dream brick set
Jason Dewey animated the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine credits in LEGO style.
The LEGO Group has never produced Star Trek-themed building sets. But this merch gap didn’t stop animator Jason Alan Dewey from recreating the opening credits of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in the finest LEGO fashion. (The seventh season’s iteration, to be specific—note Nicole de Boer’s name in the cast list.)
Everything is awesome about Dewey’s Deep Space Nine video. The trail of tiny, ice-blue studs streaming off the roughly octagonal comet in the opening seconds. The gold and silver dots serving as the series title. The blocky runabouts and starships—including the Defiant—that would make kits kids of all ages would love to snap together and play with. And, of course, the lovingly detailed model of the space station itself, right down to space-suited welder minifigs on its pylons.
Dewey posted his video to YouTube on January 11. As of this writing, it’s garnered nearly 102,500 views. I contacted Jason Dewey through his website to ask him about himself, his work, and what inspired his beautiful, bricky take on Deep Space Nine.
Dewey’s LEGO Deep Space Nine video took two weeks to create
Based in London, England, Jason Dewey works as a video editor and sound designer, especially for video games. He’s worked for such companies as Future Publishing and PlayStation. He currently edits videos and designs sound for YouTube cartoon channel Mashed.
His LEGO Deep Space Nine video isn’t Dewey’s first Star Trek project. To teach himself the 3D computer graphics software Blender, he recreated the Star Trek: Lower Decks opening credits in LEGO style. It took him one week to animate and another full week to render. When it “performed surprisingly well,” in Dewey’s words, he decided to tackle DS9 next.
“I saw that other people had remade the Seasons 4-7 intro in various ways,” Dewey told me in email, “including an N64 version (complete with 16-bit music!) and a 4k remake of the sequence, so I decided to use that version.”
Dewey had discovered a community of LEGO-style Star Trek ship designers, and bought some models from MiniTrekMocs and Ky-E Bricks. He also designed his own LEGO model of a Bajoran freighter.
The Defiant, worker bee, and space station models came from Julian Drake Evenfeather and Star Trek Frontiers. Dewey explained Evenfeather had built not only a physical Deep Space Nine model but also “a digital model in Stud.io, which is a digital Lego building program…. He very graciously allowed me to use his model in the video, going so far as to rework the model slightly to work for the digital recreation.”
Like the Lower Decks video, Dewey’s LEGO Deep Space Nine video took about a week to animate and another to render. “Given the results and the overwhelmingly positive response from Lego and Star Trek fans,” Dewey says, “I think it turned out very well!”
“As for a follow-up,” he adds, “I did a poll on my YouTube channel recently, and it looks like people want to see the intro from The Next Generation, so I’ll start work on that very soon.”
Jason Alan Dewey and the LEGO enthusiasts who built the models he used in his video prove, once again, that the talent and creativity of Star Trek fans is constantly capable of surprising and delighting!